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Tea Party Nation Sued For Dodging $640,000 Las Vegas Casino Bill

they should've gotten bristol.Would you bet over half a million dollars that a few hundred people would be willing to exchange actual currency for the chance to watch defunct hollering person Sharron Angle share makeup tips at a schmaltzy Las Vegas gambling resort? Are you insane? Would you sign a contract to certify you are that insane? If you answered “yes” to these questions, a very tragic congratulations, you are one of the Tea Party Nation’s fiscal responsibility experts now on the hook for $642,144 to said Las Vegas hotel for nixing your Sharron Angle furry sleepover party and failing to pay the contractual cancellation fee. And now they are mysteriously being sued by the hotel!

A comic amount of hubris led organizers to book 1,637 rooms of the hotel, which no one wanted to fill. But they won’t really have to pay, will they? “Defaulting is the responsible thing to do” is basically Tea Party motto, haven’t they heard that?

From the Las Vegas Review-Journal:

On Monday Venetian Casino Resort, LLC., filed suit against Tea Party Nation Corporation of Franklin, Tenn., alleging the group owes $642,144 for canceling a conservative conclave last year.

The event, which had been scheduled for July 14-18, 2010, was first postponed until October and ultimately canceled.

The Daily Caller reported at the time there was a lack of people willing to pay $399 for a weekend pass or $125 per day to hear speakers such as conservative commentator Laura Ingraham or politician Sharron Angle, who at the time was in the midst of a failed campaign to oust Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Las Vegas.

Clearly they didn’t emphasize the “furry pajama sleepover” part of the program enough. [Las Vegas Review-Journal via TNV]

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    1. kissawookiee

      Only until Marcus Bachmann rolls into the room and sweeps it all away for "research" purposes.

    2. zhubajie

      Isn't this the woman who wanted poor people to pay their bills with chickens? Maybe they pay her with the left over grease!

  1. hagajim

    Typical of these dipshits….they want everthing but don't want to pay for anything. The're like that asshat everyone knows who constantly "forgets" their wallet and asks you to pick upt he bar tab. FUCKERS!

    1. Sue4466

      Or the one who bitches about paying taxes while complaining about the potholes in the road and the poor quality of public school buildings.

      1. MissTaken

        Or how the local public transportation agency didn't provide trains with enough cars to get them to their Tea Party rally.

    2. GOPCrusher

      Well, damnit, they're doing us all a favor by taking our country back. I'm appalled that the hotel would have the gumption to expect to be paid, especially considering the service these people are performing for this country.

    3. LettucePrey

      Pity the poor local KFC. They were planning on selling at least 4,000 Double Downs during the opening day lunch rush. Now they'll end up laying off a fry cook instead.

    4. __kth__

      Not all teatards try to get out of their fair share of tabs. But "forgot my wallet" guy is, in my experience, a teatard without exception.

    5. Gomez571

      Or bitching about unemployed minorities needing a safety net but never considering hiring a minority worker.
      Or bitching about the cost of education and willing to build prisons to house criminals.
      Or ……… TeaBigots who don't see anything inconsistent about these positions.

    6. Biel_ze_Bubba

      They must have hit their debt ceiling… and you know how hard it is to raise one of those!

  2. Texan_Bulldog

    Maybe Sharron was just afraid she'd get mistaken for Wayne Newton & decided to cry off.

    I would have paid $399 for a weekend trip to Vegas–I just wouldn't have attended any of the Tea Party crap. I mean unless they put a GPS/tracking device on you, how would they know? Win/win!

    1. LettucePrey

      Well, considering that Teabaggers tend to die from exhaustion going outdoors and moving about more than once a year, you might stand out if you walk upright without heavy moaning.

      1. MissusBarry

        Not using a tray instead of a plate at the all-you-can-eat-buffet would also be a give away.

    1. HogeyeGrex

      This sort of thing makes one pine for the days when Vegas was run by the mob old-school style.

      Many moons ago, I was offered a collection gig for some "Atlantic City interests." I wouldn't even have had to do any knee breaking, merely inform people of the direness of the situation. I politely declined, as people in that sort of situation have been known to shoot the messenger, and not just figuratively. It was going to pay well, but not that well.

      I think I'd cover all the bases in this case just for expenses.

      1. Crank_Tango

        Saxon their foreheads, or in their mouths, depending on your definition of teabagging.

          1. user-of-owls

            Let me get this straight. So that would make you "Arch Enemides" with your pioneering new style called, "Ramanujam."

    1. HogeyeGrex

      Yes indeedy. You need to personally take responsibility and clean up all their messes.

    2. Omophagist

      In that someone else other than them should take personal responsibility. How about the person at the hotel who actually took the reservation? I mean come on, by 2010 the employee should have known that even if the tea party had filled up all those rooms they still wouldn't have paid their bill. Fire their not-quite-white-enough-ass!

  3. nounverb911

    Can't the Venetian just write the $640K off as a charitable donation? What are tax loopholes for if you can't help your friends?

  4. OC_Surf_Serf

    Venetian Casino Resort, LLC …….LLC??

    Oh I see…only Corporations are to be worshipped…

    …and 1637 rooms? What's wrong with 1776? Hmmmm?

    1. ChessieNefercat

      It would be funny if the management saw who they were dealing with and rented all 1637 rooms of their 400 room hotel to these idiots.

      1. Biel_ze_Bubba

        They should have freaked out the 'baggers and told them there were 666 rooms available.

  5. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    The Venetian is going to be surprised when they use their Second Amendment Remedies to settle this matter.

      1. GOPCrusher

        Youze all got a nice little political movement here. Be a shame if something were to happen to it.

    1. user-of-owls

      Nah, not at first. They'll just send over Bachmann's security detail to rough 'em up some and yell, "It's Ross time!"

      That'll put the fear o' god in 'em.

  6. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    I'm sure the 'baggers' excuse will be that they assumed a government grant would take care of everything.

  7. GhostBuggy

    What? Tea Baggers don't have a clear sense of financial matters, or how money essentially works? I'm shocked, shocked I tell you!

    The only real question is when will the Teatards that have managed to worm into Congress start introducing legislation to deal with "wasteful and runaway abuse of the court system by the far-left hospitality industry."

      1. GhostBuggy

        That's interesting; here I was, dreaming about a coming Tea Party/mob war in the streets. Oh well.

        1. HistoriCat

          You stiff one casino out of $600K + and that sense of shared purpose goes right out the window.

    1. GOPCrusher

      Well, Michele Bachmann has said on many occasions that she will not vote to raise the debt ceiling because on August 3rd absolutely nothing will happen if it isn't raised. The government will continue to function as normal. Any other story is simply President Obama trying to scare the American public so he can further his Socialist Agenda.

  8. SayItWithWookies

    I'm sure TPN is going to do the proper and lawful thing — declare bankruptcy, dissolve and re-form under a slightly different name.

    1. Hacklebarney

      Tee Parte Nascion?

      The correct spelling of the first one was turning some Teatards off anyways.

    2. elviouslyqueer

      You forgot the most important bit, namely "Blame the Obama administration and its lousy handling of the economy for making them go bankrupt in the first place."

  9. OC_Surf_Serf

    You have a convention with the rooms you have and not the rooms you thought you'd have 'cause there are known knowns and unknown knowns…

    oh fuck it, I need a drink…

  10. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    This was lousy planning on the Tea Party's part, as it turns out the Venetian is not hoveround accessible.

  11. Come here a minute

    The tree of liberty must be watered from time to time with the blood of tyrannical hotels who think you're paying for a bunch of hotel rooms you didn't use even though you gave them the customary 24 hours notice!

  12. Crank_Tango

    Not quite sure I understand why a group that can't fill 1600 hotel rooms in fucking vegas has so much influence over the governance of our entire nation…I get that there are other tea-tribes, but still.

    1. Hacklebarney

      If you whipped up the anger and resentment of a bunch of old white racists for a few months in an election year you too could influence the governance of our entire nation!!! Of course, first you would have to sell out all your moral and ethical principles, but fuck it, who needs those anyways?

      1. user-of-owls

        Then we could use the profits from those sales to help out our struggling billionaires! Genius!

    2. GOPCrusher

      Problem is, since they only had 1600 rooms reserved, the vast multitude decided there was no reason to go. Sleeping in the parking lot in Las Vegas during the middle of July is not a wise decision.

    3. MissusBarry

      They just forgot to account for the 44% of their membership whose social security check wouldn't cover the flight + hotel, the 32% who find air travel with a hoverround too stressful, and the 24% that are shut-ins.

      1. Redhead

        You forgot the 29% whose Hoveround/overhanging fat rolls won't fit through the aisles in the casino.

        1. MissusBarry

          True, true. This is a completely oversimplified breakdown. It'd need countless circles in a Venn diagram to depict the myriad specific traits and their overlap which add up to the basic premise that nearly the entirety of the membership is too poor and/or infirm to make such a trip.

    1. DahBoner

      More like cut up the bill for W's meth-fueled credit card spending for eight years…

  13. Barb

    I had my first date with my husband at the Venetian. I saw him in an airport in Phoenix, he walked up to me, I blurted out, "I love you" and he said, "I love you back." We had dinner that night.

      1. Barb

        Oh, we rutted like weasels all day and then went to dinner. I saw a gal in the restaurant who had the best rack and I told Jeff to look at her. Poor guy, didn't know what the hell to do. He asked, "is this a trick question?" I still point out gals with nice sweater puffs for him.

          1. jus_wonderin

            I got in so much trouble for laughing at Dolly Parton on SNL where she/they were making fun of her tatas. EX: The camera kept showing her from directly above and down.

            My wife (ex now) was not amused. She was challenged in that area.

            This type of event, you might say, is why she is the ex.

    1. WhatTheHeck

      Barb's got “back” – for someone to blurt out “I love you back.”

      Yes, I know, corny. But…

      1. Barb

        Yeah, he had a gold fortune cookie delivered that opened up and the fortune read:
        "you are my angel and I will always love you" It's in the living room.

    2. SheriffRoscoe

      Omg it's just like us gay guys, only instead of "I love you" we say "hey what's up"; and instead of "dinner" it's "Variations on a Theme of Sodomy."

      1. user-of-owls

        Variations on a Theme of Sodomy

        I love that piece! I am particularly fond of the arrangement by Vasellini Strokmeov. It's precious!

        1. SheriffRoscoe

          I particularly like Variation #4. But holy shit you better have some technique in your left hand.

      2. elviouslyqueer

        Now Roscoe, you obviously missed the whole "rutting like weasels" part. See, hets and homos aren't that different, except that we accessorize a damn sight better.

        1. SheriffRoscoe

          Thanks Elvis ol' buddy. I missed it in my haste to "push the envelope" with a reference to buttsecks.

          1. Rotundo_

            God that one made me think of the Firesign Theatre's "Air Force training film: Avoid eye contact, if the alien has no eyes, drop below the seat of your plane…

    3. proudgrampa


      My wife and I were co-workers when we started dating. We called it "lunch."

    4. HistoriCat

      Wow … that's just so wild. I'm way too uptight and reserved to be in a similar situation.

      I am impressed.

    5. pdiddycornchips

      That's a great story. I met my wife at a different casino in Vegas. She was visiting with her sister from Israel. We had one date and she flew back home. I sent her a series of desperate letters professing my love (actual letters, this was pre-email).
      About six weeks after our first date, I opened my front door one Sunday morning and she was standing there with two suitcases in her hands. I invited her in and she never left. August 11th will be 25 years.

    6. Geminisunmars

      I met my husband at a Passover Seder. You should have seen what we did with the matzo balls.

    1. Lionel[redacted]Esq

      If going Galt means skipping on the check, I've been doing that with hookers for years now.

    1. LettucePrey

      Oh, come on, with the heat in Vegas this time of year? Some of those tubbies might have accidentally sweated off some of that excess poundage.

    2. comptoneffect

      Well, if you're talking about the average Teabagger then they can afford to lose a pound or even two.

    1. KenLayIsAlive

      The should just start at the top of the leadership chain and break their necks until the fine people at the Venetian feel their point has been made.

      1. GOPCrusher

        Except, the point is someone is paying 640,000 bucks. The point will be made when someone coughs up 640K.

    1. PalinPussyPower

      I KNEW Sharon's bartering system would come in handy for something! Off to gather some livestock and make a donation to the teabaggers.

      1. Doktor Zoom

        Are you ready for that? Checking into a Vegas hotel under a phony name with intent to commit capital fraud and a head full of acid? I sure hope so.

    1. HarryButtle

      There's nothing like the sight of a Teatard on a Hoverround in the grips of an ether binge.

  14. horsedreamer_1

    So, does Silvio Berlusconi file an amicus brief for the plaintiff, or the defense?

    Could go either way….

    1. user-of-owls

      If the organizers had thrown in a little bunga-bunga, they never would have been in this situation in the first place.

    1. elviouslyqueer

      "The business of high-end prostitution is enormously profitable," Hynes said.

      Is "high-end" a euphemism for "will do anal"? WHY WASN'T I TOLD?

    2. HistoriCat

      How do we know they really were high-end prostitutes? Did they use a whore diamond rating system?

        1. HistoriCat

          I don't know but I bet CNN feels really foolish about dumping Eliot Spitzer right now.

  15. SpurningBeer

    So now some activist liberal judge is going to try to practice some Sharia law on these patriots?

    I think the tea-partiers are going to hightail it away from Boston Harbor, slip out of their redskin costumes, and try to blend in with the locals.

    1. user-of-owls

      Alas, they are the locals.

      Maybe just keep their Halloween costumes on and make a dash for the Rez? Oh, wait, that won't work. Those places are chock-a-block full of casinos. Wheels inside Roulette wheels, man.

  16. fuflans

    you know these nimrods can't fill hotel rooms, show up in pathetically small numbers for events and yet have our entire congress – both sides of the aisle – running to the right, passing ridiculous legislation and taking the global economy hostage.

    why is this?

    1. LettucePrey

      What are you implying? That the Tea Party is based on shallow catchphrases and cheap infotainment and not a deep intellectual commitment to a coherent and logical framework to effectively run the country?

    2. HogeyeGrex

      Because they are the symptom rather than the cause. Our Congressfucks are runing to the right because that's where the sweet, sweet money comes from. The Teaturds are simply cover. There could be three of them for all the media gives a shit.

      1. gvvt

        And Congress walked into a media shooting gallery with the Health Care "Town Hall Meetings." All nicely scheduled so the local TV crew could get there, and nobody stood up to them and said, what the fuck are you talking about? They probably STILL don't understand that Medicare is a government program…

    3. Rotundo_

      They're sponsored by Koch. If these were "real" activist groups the repub's would yawn, mutter "Send me a check, I'll give a fuck when it clears." and go off to the links.

  17. elviouslyqueer

    It's not the first time Tea Party Nation ran into problems hosting an event. After charging up to $549 to attend a February 2010 event that included a speech by former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, some in the tea party political movement accused the for-profit Tea Party Nation of leveraging conservative enthusiasm for monetary gain.

    When the October event in Las Vegas was canceled, some Nevada conservatives were relieved. "They were kind of opportunistic," Frank Ricotta, vice chairman of the Clark County Republican Party and a former state director of Nevada Patriots, said at the time. Debbie Landis, the head of Action is Brewing, a Northern Nevada tea party group, told the Review-Journal the cancellation was "the best news I've heard all day."

    Hand out the AK-47s, boys and girls. It's circular firing squad time!

    1. user-of-owls

      You know what would be even more fun to watch?

      Ditch the guns and go with Scottish Rules.

      It's stabby time!

  18. Radiotherapy®

    It's like the Hangover III except it's a bunch of humorless. boring, hoverounds with tri-corner hats.

  19. LettucePrey

    The 'baggers probably canceled because the Venetian didn't have enough outlets for the fleet of Hoverounds and a tyrannical/muslin/socialist/fascist 'No Burning in Effigy' policy. Also.

  20. V572 Hair of Destiny

    The bitches set them up!

    But seriously: I'd pay $399 to escape from listening to Rose of Sharron and Ingraham, the Poor Man's Ann Coulter, only more screechy.

    And OT: Trapped in the most exquisite torture device in aviation (the Boeing 757) I watched Andrea Mitchell interview Wasserman-Schultz about that dipshit's screed against her. She said something like, "Well, he's forced by his party to support wildly unpopular policies, so it's now wonder he lost it." So gracious!

  21. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    This is nothing. Just wait until all the male prostitutes they had to reserve start demanding their payment!

  22. Hacklebarney

    This is actually keeping in step with their debt ceiling and fiscal stance in general. We can make fiscal promises and then when it comes time to actually pay up simply pretend that it is not necessary and there will be no consequences if we default.

    So if the Vanetian can sue the Tea Party, can we as Americans sue the Tea Party too when they block the debt ceiling compromise in the House? Same concept I think.

    1. gvvt

      Beautiful clarity, but it injects an issue of personal responsibility into the proceedings, which is probably illegal.

  23. OneYieldRegular

    As a strict contractualist who stands on principle against activist interpretations of contracts, I must simply conclude: You the People must pay.

  24. MissTaken

    The Teabaggers should have known this was the wrong locale for their shindig. Everyone knows that hoverounds don't float in the Venetian Canals.

    1. kissawookiee

      Even when fused to a 400-lb collection of fat rolls? I hear that shizz is pretty buoyant.

  25. SorosBot

    Isn't Vegas run by, you know, Italian legitimate businessmen? The Tea Party Nation is lucky they aren't facing worse than a law suit – yet.

  26. Callyson

    The Venetian and Palazzo resorts are owned by Las Vegas Sands Corp., and regularly host conservative political events. Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson is a major Republican political donor.
    Though I guess he didn't want to donate to the tune of half a mill, plus interest…
    According to a contract attached to the complaint, the reservation included an agreement by Tea Party Nation to pay the resort $579,148 in the event of a cancellation, of which the resort alleges the group still owes $554,148. An 18 percent interest charge added $87,996 to the amount the resort wants to collect.
    18% interest? That's as bad as the credit card companies. Better read the contract next time, teabaggers…

    1. MissTaken

      I'm honestly surprised the teabaggers didn't get the same interest free $500k loan like Gingrich got from Tiffany's.

    2. genxr

      Too bad they don't have some kind of consumer credit protection beurau that could protect them from this.

    3. GOPCrusher

      Yeah, I'll bet Shelly Adelson is all about The Cause, until someone owes him some money.
      Joe Pesci will be paying someone a house call.

  27. donner_froh

    These are the assholes who are insisting on a balanced budget amendment to raise the debt ceiling–they really know how to handle money.

  28. WhatTheHeck

    Shouldn’t one of the two queens of the Tea Partiers step in and pay off this debt?

  29. DaSandman

    Well this high finance is difficult when you read at a 3rd grade level and can only do "figurin" to 21

  30. JustPixelz

    Just like a typical family, the Tea Party Nation has to balance its budget. If there isn't enough money to pay the bills, they tighten their belts to make ends meet. And if Dad runs up a $640,000 bill at the casino, that family dips into their children's college fund. "We'll pay it back when this is over," they promise. Then Mom takes a part time job to bring in some more "revenue". While at work she becomes close friends with a co-worker. She starts looking forward to work more than evenings with Dad. Eventually there's an argument and some tears. The house gets sold, but there isn't enough to pay for college.

    1. genxr

      Dad does some of his best thinking at the casino. He'll figure it out, and come right back home.

    2. GOPCrusher

      I disagree with your assessment of Mom getting a job to increase revenue. Tea Bagger Economics mandate that not only does Mom not work, but Dad quits his job and gets a job at the McDonald Drive Up window, part time. Because everyone knows that less revenue equals fiscal responsibility.

    3. gvvt

      That's such a beautiful story with a real message for our times. I don't mind admitting that it brought tears to these old eyes, as well.

  31. SheriffRoscoe

    Let me try to explain it to the teabaggers. It's like promising to put an engagement ring on the invisible hand of the free market, then reneging. Then the invisible hand slaps you across the face.

    1. Ruhe

      It's not an engagement ring, it's a "promise ring" which everybody knows is a ring to demonstrate that you've made a promise not to do something. The teabaggers are simply honoring the promise they've made to themselves to not allow themselves to be diddled by the invisible hand until the hand makes it official and marries them and here "marry" is a metaphor for a tax code that somehow protects the interests of the rich and big business while still managing to fund free hoverounds. And that is what you call American Exceptionalism.

  32. Tundra Grifter

    What could possibly lead the Venetian to believe these tea baggers could settle up for $642, let alone $642,144.

    I'm betting Tea Party Nation is judgment proof – on both levels.

  33. poncho_pilot

    do they still make very large airline passengers purchase two seats? for the rare teabagger who'd get in a plane. plus the scooter costs…

  34. CrunchyKnee

    And Venetian Casino Resort, LLC went through all the trouble of retrofitting their entry ways to handle wide load Hoverounds and Rascals.

  35. fuflans


    (or whatever the kids are saying these days)

  36. MissTaken

    I now see why these Teabaggers truly believe that default on August 2 isn't such a big deal:

    "See we's done ran up a bill at that fancy Vegas motel with that Eye-tallian name and when the casino man came a-lookin for payment we just didn't do it! No biggie! So if them Red Chinamen come a-lookin for payment we just won't do it, neither! No biggie!"

  37. Schmegeg

    They should have booked Wild Wild West or some other shithole. These asswipes could never afford the Venetian.

  38. hollywooddood

    They should follow Sharron Angle's advice to women who become pregnant as a result of rape and make lemonade.

    1. genxr

      I thought they'd prefer Charlie's Casino with the nickle slots and $1.99 steak and eggs.

  39. Jughead2130

    Well it's the "Free Market" baby. There ain't no guvment reglations to keep business from doing this kind of thing just like you want it. You signed the contract so pay the fuck up!

  40. prommie

    Wherever it is that two or more teabaggers gather together, there will be a clusterfuck.

  41. fartknocker

    According to my HP-41 calculator, that's $392.27 for 3 nights or $130.76/night. That's not a bad rate, but the hidden fees would easily push that to $155-160/night. Hell, I can stay at the Mandalay Bay for half the price, rent an air conditioned car, and watch all the old figs on their hover-rounds.

    These Teatards are not the sharpest tool in the shed.

  42. Fox n Fiends

    Time to hit one of those Payday loan places that the Baggers so ardently support.

  43. JackObin

    Just one more reason to stay away from the hideous Las Vegas. It is nothing but a magnet for blimps and loons.

  44. SilverTsunami

    When I'm faced with tough financial decisions, I ask myself, "What would the Tea Party Nation do?" Then I answer, "They'd default on the bill, dine 'n'dash, load up the car at midnight and sneak out owing four months' rent. . ." and then the solution is miraculously clear.

  45. Pragmatist2

    Let me see: If the way to get rid of the national debt is to cut taxes, then the way for the Tea Party to pay this bill is to cut their donations. Have I got that right?

  46. GOPCrusher

    A simple leap of logic would tell these people that if they couldn't get people to go to Las Vegas for their TeaTard-a-Thon, and their rallies result in tens of people showing up, then perhaps they should quit standing on the floor of the House and screaming that they speak for the American Public.

  47. Jukesgrrl

    Isn't not owing money one of the primary tenets of Sharia Law? No wonder they hate it so much.

  48. owhatever

    Another tempest in the tea pot. The bill will be paid because these great Americans believe in paying their bills, honoring contracts and keeping their word. Somehow, they must blame it on Obama.

  49. genxr

    Note to teatards: Just because the casino owner shares your political views and was all friendly-like when you were making the reservation, doesn't mean he'll let you you can run up a line of credit and walk away.

  50. zhubajie

    So am I right in suspecting the Venetian Casino has Mafia connections? What happens when you can't pay your bills to the Mob?

    1. comrad_darkness

      Worse yet it has Republican donor connections. They take it out on your kids by replacing the teachers with Oral Robert's U Drop outs and feeding them school lunches that only serve crisco covered in corn syrup.

  51. ttommyunger

    Here's hoping that this trail ultimately leads back to "Dickless" Dick Armey; this assclown is famous for talking through his nose and breathing through his mouth. I would love to see him on the wrong side of a Mafia beef.

  52. Negropolis

    Personal and Fiscal Responsibility is for suckers.

    I hpe they realize that the mob still owns Vegas, though. You don't short a Vegas casino anything and get away with it without yoour hands being broken.

  53. Negropolis

    who at the time was in the midst of a failed campaign to oust Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

    Isn't that just the strangest wording you've ever laid eyes on?

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